Tutor and Piano

Windsor Locks, CT

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I solve individual problems of all kinds. I love learning, and want everyone to enjoy learning.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like that my work can help turn a person around. When they solve their learning problems, the jewel that's inside really shines. It changes their lives. I also love to study and research, and I do extensive research for each one of my students. I don't want to miss any new technique that may help one person or another. Each person learns differently, and I learn a lot from that experience.

Location

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Years in business

21

Times hired on Thumbtack

17

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Ayn H. Apr 27, 2017
    Multi-Subject Tutoring
    Verified Review
    Thank you Debi!
    Debi has done an excellent job with my 12 year old son. She has been able to help him with math, geography, and English. He has even emerged from the tutoring sessions with a smile on his face, despite his general distaste for homework and a grumpy disposition on the way in. Thank you Debi!
  • Jeffery S. Aug 29, 2016
    Reading and Writing Tutoring
    Verified Review
  • Lori M. Jun 29, 2016
    Algebra Tutoring
    Verified Review
    Our tutor is knowledgeable and great with my son. And is accommodating to my crazy schedule. She's a gem. So glad I found Thumbtack.
  • Christine B. Mar 21, 2016
    ACT Tutoring
    Verified Review
    Debi was very flexible with her scheduling, and very personable. I especially appreciated her reaching out to me and keeping me informed of my son's progress.
  • Lara N. Jan 23, 2011
    Debi is an amazing teacher who is great with keeping our kids inspired to play piano. She is creative and exposes them to different styles of music, has them compose pieces, teaches them theory and, according to our 11 year old son, "makes it very fun". We are impressed with the piano skills they have acquired and have yet to hear them complain about having to practice. Thank you Debi!
  • Amanda C. Jan 10, 2011
    My daughter has taken piano with Debi for four years and worked with her on various subjects including math, reading comprehension and retention. I can't recommend her highly enough! Debi is a very skilled instructor who has a knack for teaching to each individual student in a way that brings out the best in them. Subjects are taught with humor and fun and activities are switched frequently so lessons aren't dull or arduous. I feel that Debi really focuses on and understands my daughter and her individual learning style. It has made a big difference in my daughter's confidence in her school work. Now she excels in subjects she used to say she was "bad" at.
  • Kazuyo K. Jan 10, 2011
    Debi was the most respectful business-oriented ESL teacher for me when I lived in Boulder, CO; after I moved out from there, she has been a dependable person for me to ask a variety of business related English questions. After a while, I decided to resume our ESL lessons through video Skype; her classes are always well planed, goal-oriented, and at the same time, very flexible. I enjoy her classes every week while learning new aspects of English as well as improving my English.
  • Debra M. Jan 9, 2011
    My son was on a waiting list for a year for piano lessons with Debi Stevenson. We were just about to look for another teacher when we finally got the call, and we know now how lucky we are we waited. He's excelled far beyond our expectations, loving it from day one. Debi holds the perfect characteristics for a teacher: gracious and kind; talented and inspiring. She motivates her kids through many creative means, keeping them excited during lessons and assigning challenging, kid-focused projects that keep them inspired all year long. My son practices on his own, never having to be told. Debi provided him a foundation for learning and a love of music that has already -- in just two years -- moved him on to other instruments and to composing music on his own. She's a great teacher.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started years ago teaching English to some friends who barely spoke English, and loved that I was learning at the same time !
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with people from age 4 up to age 85! I have taught people from many other countries and backgrounds, and I've worked with a variety of disabled people, too. I love my work. I want each person to discover who they can be, and how great it feels to achieve.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have young piano students who can hold their own at jazz jam sessions. I smile when my math, reading, and writing students learn HOW to study, and do it willingly. I've enjoyed teaching piano students who are seriously disabled, but are able to release their feelings at the piano. I love teaching international people all aspects of the English language, and have discovered a lot of things along the way. When reading students get that they really can read, they beam. I love that.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a tutor who avoids following the labels that schools have set for your child. Look for a teacher who sees each student as unique, searches for reasons why the problem exists, and comes up with solutions. Look for a piano teacher who teaches more than just reading notes. Look for someone who loves their work.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is your learning style? How do you learn best? Do I have my goals figured out? How much time can I really devote to this? Then ask the professional what they like about their work. I work one-on-one, because every single person really does learn differently. I like to discover and tap into each person's learning styles and inspire them to learn more.